Undergraduate open days

Our open days are the perfect opportunity for you to find out what it’s like to live and study at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester. Join us to discover the range of courses on offer, meet our students and lecturers, tour our beautiful Cotswold campus and ask any questions.

The wellbeing of our students, staff and our visitors is our priority. With this in mind and following the latest advice from the UK Government and Public Health England, we have made the decision to postpone many of the events that were due to take place on campus in the coming weeks. 

We know this will be disappointing but hope you understand why it has been necessary for us to do this. We will be in touch with everyone booked onto one of these events in due course with further information. Read further Covid-19 advice and information.

In the meantime, we have lots of information available online for you and will be arranging webinars, other online events and videos which we hope will give you the best possible insight into living and studying at the RAU.

At the moment the remainder of our events are still scheduled to take place. We are closely monitoring the situation as it develops and will provide updates in due course. 

 

We look forward to welcoming all prospective students and any parents who would like to join them. Our friendly student ambassadors will be on hand to help you throughout the day. You’ll find them in their maroon t-shirts, ready to answer questions, help with directions, or to have a chat.

What to expect at an open day

This is your opportunity to gain first-hand experience of the Royal Agricultural University.

An undergraduate open day will include:

  • Welcome talk 
  • Course specific talks
  • Buffet lunch with the opportunity to meet and chat to current students
  • Campus tour including lecture blocks, library, and accommodation
  • Drop-in Q&A sessions with academic teaching staff as well as staff responsible for accommodation, finance and admissions
  • Optional visits to a nearby farm used by our students and Fossehill Equestrian Centre

Open day dates

Please select the event that you wish to attend below. You will then be taken to a registration page where you can you give your details. 

We limit numbers to prevent the days being over-crowded, so please don't leave it too late to book!

DateTimeEvent
Wednesday 10 June 20201:00pm - 4:00pmOnline undergraduate open afternoon >
Tuesday 23 June 20205:00pm - 5.45pmIntroduction to the RAU webinar >
Thursday 9 July 202012:00 - 12.45pmIntroduction to the RAU webinar >
Saturday 26 September 202011:00am - 3:30pmUndergraduate open day >
Wednesday 28 October 202011:00am - 3.30pmUndergraduate open day >
Saturday 7 November 202011:00am - 3.30pmUndergraduate open day >

Our introduction to the RAU webinars provide an overview of the University. The online events will include a presentation about our courses, accommodation and campus followed by a live Q&A where you will have the opportunity to ask questions to staff from our Admissions and International teams, as well as a student ambassador.

Undergraduate open afternoons

Our undergraduate open afternoons give you the opportunity to hear about our courses first hand from teaching staff and look around our beautiful campus. The afternoon will include: welcome and course talks, campus tours and an informal Q&A session. During the Q&A you can meet teaching staff and representatives from our accommodation, finance, admissions and student support services teams. There will also be an optional visit to a nearby farm used by our students or Fossehill Equestrian Centre.

Can't make an open day?

If you can’t make one of our open days, why not come along to one of our campus tours where you will have the opportunity to see our beautiful campus and find out more about the University. The tours, led by a student ambassador, will visit University buildings and facilities including the library and student hub.

Worried about the cost of getting to us for an open day?

If you're unable to make any of the dates/times above, please get in touch.  

If you're a UK student coming to an undergraduate open day, we may be able to reimburse your travel costs as part of our Widening Access Bursary if you live in a 'low higher education progression area'. Please get in touch with outreach@rau.ac.uk and one of the team will be very happy to help you and let you know if you are eligible.

Make it a day out

At the Royal Agricultural University, you're perfectly situated to explore everything the South West has to offer.

Known as the ‘Capital of the Cotswolds’, Cirencester is a busy student town with a great sense of history.  Packed with high street and boutique shops, art galleries, cafés, restaurants, and bars; it's a great place to grab a bite to eat and unwind after the open day.

Why not finish the day with a trip into town, to explore the place that could soon be called ‘home’?

>> Prior booking is essential and helps us to plan your day.  Please see the dates above <<

Getting here

By car: please follow signs for the A419 Stroud Road, and arrive at the main car park entrance on Stroud Road. You will be directed to car parking once you are on-site.

By train: the nearest station is Kemble, a 10-minute drive away from the University. We provide a bus service to and from the University, timings of which are included in your pre-arrival guide which is emailed to you a week prior to your open day of choice.

By bus or coach: Cirencester can be reached by National Express coaches and buses from Swindon, Stroud and Cheltenham. These all stop at The Beeches car park, London Road, Cirencester GL7 1BW. The University is a 7 minute taxi ride away. Alternatively, it is an easy and pleasant 40 minutes to walk through the town to reach the RAU campus.